PC Keeps Rebooting

  JayDay 20:00 12 Aug 06

Right here goes........

I'm trying to help a friend who has a PC which keeps rebooting. The PC starts then gets to a screen asking me if I want to start in safe mode, last good configuration, start windows normally etc. Whichever option I choose causes the PC to re boot and repeats the process.

I have entered the BIOS and loaded fail safe settings with no joy. The CPU temp is recorded at 56 degrees C which seems OK for a Athlon 1.3ghz processor.

I have tried using another hard drive with the same result.

I have tried reinstalling windows and the PC reboots again, nearly always at the same point.

I have removed all but the essential cards and at a complete loss as to where to go next other than a PC repair shop!!

The PC is running XP Home.

Any ideas?

  sean-278262 20:04 12 Aug 06

Insert the windows CD and try to boot from CD?

  User-312386 20:08 12 Aug 06

Can we have the system specs please

  JayDay 20:08 12 Aug 06

I've tried that when trying to reinstall windows.

  JayDay 20:13 12 Aug 06

40GB Hard Drive
1.3 GHZ Athlon Processor
64MB ATI Radeon Graphics Card
Gigagbyte Motherboard
256MB Ram

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:39 12 Aug 06

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:41 12 Aug 06

Above POST repair due to rebboting cause corrupt drivers.

also check memory

Memory Test
click here
click here

  JayDay 15:21 13 Aug 06

Wish I could get that far. The PC will reboot when I boot up with the windows CD in the drive, can't even get as far as repairing or reinstalling windows!!!

  JayDay 15:37 13 Aug 06

Well I've run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Test and no errors were found. Also the PC didn't reboot when running the test.

I think therefore I can rule out heat, dodgy memory, CPU or motherboard.

That leaves corrupted windows CD. Please correct me if I've reached the wrong conclusion!?

  JayDay 15:59 13 Aug 06

Tried booting from my Windows CD and got the exact same problem. Got as far as "setup is starting windows" then it rebooted, exactly the same place as when I booted using my friends CD. Weird!!

  RobCharles1981 16:01 13 Aug 06

hmmm just a thought are all your Hard Drives Memory ect all plugged in try and reseating them

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